Disco Biscuits Live at Amazura Ballroom on 2003-08-07
- Live concert
- Disco Biscuits
Little Betty Boop*>
Save the Robots>
World Is Spinning
King Of The World
#/first time played, Aram Khatchaturian original composition
- 2004-02-14 10:09:25
- M1->Waveterminal 2496->Soundforge 5.0 (rec, fades)->CDWav->SHN(seek tables appended)
- Queens, NY
- Taped by
- Jonathan Hatgis
- Transferred by
- Matt Spolansky
- Amazura Ballroom
Subject: 3 sets, some parts better than others
Jam > Crickets > Boop > Sabre Dance - The opening jam starts out with some of the most relaxed, chilled out Biscuits I've ever heard. Almost like a lullaby. Beautiful stuff. After those first few minutes, it gets into some pretty predictable trance, and though it does get into some really cool stuff just before the track switch to Crickets (primarily the riff Barber is playing), there are still about 9 minutes of throwaway jam here. Some like to call it "patient," but honestly I was just bored for several minutes, and I adore patient Biscuits. The "2nd" Crickets jam has Magner playing some psychedelic riffs, but unfortunately Barber doesn't really follow suit (for the most part). This jam just comes off as a missed opportunity to me. Jam out of Crix is a trance jam (surprise!) and isn't all that interesting other than some cool riffs from Barber. As the jam gets closer to Boop, there's some strange psychedelic jamming that's really cool, even though it only lasts a little bit. Really cool 1st jam in Boop. Dubby, and very Barber-centric. The jam out is decent, but has a little too much meandering for my tastes. Sabre Dance is just a cool cover.
Shelby - The jam in Shelby isn't really bad or good. I wasn't overly impressed but it wasn't uninteresting either.
Svenghali > Robots > Svenghali - Really good dnb jam out of Svenghali with a few different portions where they pull back and then push ahead again. Well done overall. The band lets the jam fizzle out and starts something else about 2 minutes from Robots, and for the 2 minutes that they play the new jam, it's awesome. Really crazy stuff. 1st Robots jam is a perfect example of how Barber can take a really simple riff and play around with it and make the jam sound much better. Minimalist jamming here, but quite enjoyable. The 2nd jam has great communication between Barber and Magner, with each finishing the other's sentences musically. Really cool stuff.
MEMPHIS > Spacebird > Confro - 1st MEMPHIS jam is good but not great. Sounds about how a MEMPHIS 1st jam usually does. 2nd MEMPHIS jam starts out quite well with Magner on flute patch. Lots of flute patch in 2003. They don't really take the jam anywhere for a while, and Barber seems to be pretty noodly for a spell as well. Around the 17th minute, they get onto a really neat theme, sparked by Barber. It turns out to be a pretty good jam, but again, not great. The jam in Spacebird is actually pretty good, with Magner leading the way. They don't really leave the confines of Spacebird all that much, so the "drop" back into the song is pretty fluid. The jam in Confrontation starts out with the potential to be a crazy psychedelic jam, but then turns into a pretty straight-ahead four-on-the-floor jam, which, though good, gets a little stale after a while.
Hope - Standard
Voices - Standard, but a little more drawn out than usual.
WiS - Standard
Ape - The jam in Ape is a drum and bass jam with Magner playing around with some really cool melody on the panflute patch. I actually think this jam is really well done and has a really unique feel to it, given the contrast of Magner's slow, soft flute melody and the harsh, frantic pace of the jam. Magner does a good job of using other melodies to make sure the flute melody doesn't get repetitive. Very well done.
Mulberry's Dream - Standard, but a little more drawn out than usual.
Triumph > KOTW - Really neat jam out of Triumph from the start. Really dark trip-hop feel to it, and Magner is playing around with some creepy sounding stuff, which is always a nice treat. This one turns into a pretty cool start/stop jam a few minutes before the switch to KOTW, and the results are pretty cool.
Honestly, there just isn't enough here for me to give this a rating any higher than 3 stars. There are only 2 good jams in the first set, 1 in the second, and 2 in the third. 5 good jams in a 3 set show is certainly nothing extraordinary, but of the jams that I did like, I found them quite enjoyable. I really want to give this show more of a rating, since the setlist is so damn gorgeous. Unfortunately, there's more paper than tiger.
Jam, Boop, Svenghali > Robots, Ape, Triumph.
Subject: Best of 2003?
Set 3(!) is not too shabby either, containing a more straight up set with well performed songs.
Definitely do not miss this show, as the sound is good too.
Subject: Great show before the storm
All kidding aside, this was a great event from start to finish(despite the incredibly slow bartenders).
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